Getting to know . . . Heather Smith.

HRMS front coverMay I introduce you to respected logophile, Heather Smith? She is one of twelve authors featured in the upcoming release, He Restores My Soul, and I asked her a few pertinent questions to get to know her better.

If you like Anne Shirley and theoretical physics, keep reading.

Describe a normal day in the life of Mrs. Smith:

I am richly blessed in my new(ish) life as a pastor’s wife. Generally, every day includes meals with my husband, exercising on the elliptical machine, the various tasks of housework (making things in the kitchen is my absolute favorite!), and devotions after dinner. Some days’ accomplishments are more along the lines of doing laundry and vacuuming, other days I carve out time for writing or research projects or other creative endeavors. Church activities fit into the week, including Bible study on Wednesday nights and the ladies’ quilting group on Thursdays. However, there are also days when the more normal routine is pushed aside in lieu of substitute teaching or trips to the “big city” for various purposes.

What three words best describe your personality?

introspective, perspicacious, logophilic

Who do you go to for advice?

Too often just the inside of my own head; I’m an avid over-analyzer. However, when I am being smarter — i.e. humbler — I consult my husband (who is also my pastor) or a couple very dear friends.

What do you like to read?

So many things! Fiction could be anything from fantasy to historical fiction to epic poetry. Non-fiction interests include history, education, grammar and language, philosophy, theology, and the odd smattering of theoretical physics.

Beverage of choice?

I usually start the day with a cup of Irish breakfast tea — just cream, no sugar, please.

Mac or PC?

PC. But my husband is a Mac lover. Perhaps one day when finances and tolerance level for frustration permit, I’ll go through the pain of converting.

Confirmation verse?

Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Which song do you hum the most?

Hymns of all sorts seep out of my mind’s storehouse and onto my lips, but if one comes unbidden more often than others, it might be the beautifully rich “If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee.” No surprise that it figures prominently in my chapter.

If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called:

That would depend a great deal on the book itself! I am afraid I lack the Anne Shirley quality of dreaming up perfect names for literary heroines before their stories are written. Perhaps the closest thing I can admit to is my clever teenage idea for the character of an Irish botanist named Phil O’Dendron.

How do you use hymns in your daily life?

A hymn stanza of the week is always the close of nightly devotions, with the goal of memorizing hymns this way. I also find myself singing snatches of hymns as I wash dishes or iron clothing. However, the thing I love most about hymns is how phrases come to mind in times of sorrow or joy that perfectly give voice to my feelings, thus uniting my mind, heart, and soul.

What scenery do you want to be viewing?

I love the mountains, but I’m also pretty happy with the shade trees on the lawn and rolling cornfields on the horizon right outside my southern Illinois parsonage.

Shoe of choice?

Practical but pretty sandals in the summer; comfy flats or wedges in cooler weather.

Which Psalm do you pray the most?

Different seasons of life make me turn to different psalms, but a perennial favorite for me is Psalm 103.

What is your chapter about?

My chapter is about learning to bear, patiently and humbly, the cross of undesired singleness.

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